5 Fandom Friday: Black Friday Purchases I Would Sacrifice Sleep For

It’s time for another 5 Fandom Friday! If you’re new around here and aren’t sure what I’m talking about you can read about it here and here. This week the topic is “Black Friday Purchases I Would Sacrifice A Night Of Sleep For.” Now, I don’t do Black Friday. If I do go out, it’s not until later in the day. I enjoy sleep. I don’t enjoy fighting crowds over a toaster. But as someone who’s slept outside overnight for Hall H, I can’t throw too much shade. Instead of Black Friday Purchases, I’m going to go with experiences or events I’d throw sleep out the window for.

1. Marvel Hall H at Comic-Con

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Which I’ve done twice, and even though I always say “never again,” I’d do it again in a heartbeat. It’s an experience. It’s fun. It’s a great way to make new friends.

2. Nsync Reunion Tickets

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If they ever announced a reunion tour or concert, I’d be all over it as soon as I stopped crying. You could say Nsync was my first serious fandom. I traveled all over to see them. I lost count of the number of times I saw them live but I think it’s around 13.

3. Unlimited Airfare

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I like to travel, but my wallet doesn’t always allow me that luxury. I’m not even talking worldwide, even if it was just the U.S., I’d sacrifice sleep to purchase the deal. I have friends all over the country and it would be great to just hop on a plane whenever I wanted to go see them.

(Don’t ask why I used this gif. I couldn’t find anything good airplane related, so I went with this. I mean, they ARE flying. It counts.)

4. Baltimore Orioles World Series Tickets

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Granted, it’s all done online now but if I had to, I would. Hopefully this will become a reality in the next few years!

5. Unlimited Tattoos

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It would have to be an amazing artist, but this is another one I’d put on my list. It would be great to just go and get a tattoo without checking the bank account first. Of course I’d put the same amount of thought into my ideas and wouldn’t just run off to get any tattoo.

There you have it! Now, what would you lose sleep for?

OperationMAIL Is Just Around The Corner

OperationMAIL (Marvellous Adventures In London) is getting closer and closer to actually happening. I still can’t believe it. I feel like I started planning this years ago, even though it’s probably been a little short of a year. The best part though is how fun Katy is making everything leading up to the trip. She takes her role as Director very seriously, as you can see in the photos below:

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I told you! When she emailed the packet, which was password protected, I couldn’t help but smile. All of our plans are laid out, including information on what to wear, but of course she redacted any actual details. There are tons of clues though, which makes it almost like a little treasure hunt. Some are obvious, like camping out for the actual Age of Ultron premiere, but even so, with the way things were worded I had to stop and think! Other plans though, I honestly have no idea, which is kinda fun! I mean, who doesn’t love a vacation where someone else is in charge of all the details? I can just sit back and relax!

I kept freaking out about money for the trip, even though I knew it would be fine. I’ve started sending money via PayPal and I’m already surprised by how much I’ve sent. This way Katy can start booking whatever it is she’s booking! I know there’s travel expenses, and a tour or two involved. But the best part is I just booked my flights! This means it’s real and it’s actually happening! I couldn’t wait any longer and I was worried about flights getting booked up (there’s only 1 non-stop flight from here to there) and getting more expensive. BUT IT’S BOOKED AND IT’S HAPPENING.

Anyone else have any awesome trips planned for next year?

5 Fandom Friday: Characters I Would Invite To My Thanksgiving Feast

It’s time for another 5 Fandom Friday! I’ve taken off the past few Friday’s but now I’m back! That’s the nice things about these types of posts. You can take a week or two off if you want or need to! This time around it’s Thanksgiving themed, asking what characters you’d invite to your dinner! Hopefully I can just list five!

1. Dean Winchster (Supernatural)

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Thanksgiving is the main pie Holiday. How could I not invite Dean? Plus he’d have some great stories to share around the table. “So funny story, this one time I became a Demon….” It would be worth it just for the looks on all the faces.

2. Ichabod Craine (Sleepy Hollow)

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I mean, would it get any better than having Ichabod at Thanksgiving? I’d invite him to all the holidays just to hear him go on rants about them.

3. FitzSimmons (Agents of SHIELD)

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I still count them as one person even if things are a little awkward lately but isn’t that what family gatherings are all about? People making awkward jokes, weird patches of silence, side eyeing the hell out of everyone.

4. Katniss Everdeen (The Hunger Games)

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Let’s be real, the girl deserves a break and a decent meal that’s not laced with poison. Or made up of hard to pronounce foods, surrounded by a bunch of fancy weirdos. Instead, it’ll be regular weirdos!

5. Drax (Guardians of the Galaxy)

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Can you just imagine? I mean, really, sit there and picture it. Someone would talk about “tossing around the pig skin” and he would say a classic line like “That is not made of the skin of pigs!” Why can’t this happen in real life!

There you have it. I think this list would make for a very interesting and entertaining Thanksgiving dinner! What about you? Which characters would you invite?

Books! Dark Places & Sharp Objects

I actually read two books over the weekend that I’ve been wanting to read since I finished “Gone Girl.” The first book I read was Dark Places: A Novel. The TLDR version is a woman’s family is murdered when she’s a child, her brother is arrested and charged for, but of course crime groupies think he’s innocent. Normally this would be the type of book that’s right up my alley but for whatever reason, it left me feeling pretty “meh” after finishing it. I really struggled to finish it but I had to in order to find out what really happened and who killed the family. I needed to know! The story jumped around a bit, from present day to the past, and to the different characters involved. There was a bit of a twist near the end, but it wasn’t enough to save it, in my opinion. I have friends that enjoyed this book but it just didn’t float my boat. I was actually disappointed since I enjoyed “Gone Girl” so much.

The second book of the day was Sharp Objects: A Novel (Yes, I read both in a day), which was much better than the previous book. I was worried that maybe “Gone Girl” was a bit of a fluke but Sharp Objects made that fear vanish. The summary for this book is a woman returns to her hometown to report on the murders of two young girls. There’s family drama, relationship issues, and small town secrets. Unlike with “Gone Girl” and “Dark Places,” there wasn’t any time jumping with this story or other character POV chapters. I’m not sure if that’s why it grabbed me more but the story was more interesting than DP as well. While there were a lot of players involved (old friends, local cops, FBI, her family, town folk), it never felt overcrowded. We learned a lot about the main character which helped me connect to her. I couldn’t relate but I could connect to her as a person, which can’t be said for the main character in DP. This book too had a big twist at the end. I was able to see some of it coming but it didn’t affect my enjoyment of the book or story. It’s obvious by now that Flynn enjoys her twists and turns.

If you’re interested in either of the books above, I believe the Kindle version is 50% off. I know that’s right for Sharp Objects, but double check for Dark Places.

Have you read either of the books? What did you think?

Everyday Cosplay: The Arrow

I love “Arrow” on CW. I think Stephen Amell does an amazing job plus he’s just a great person. He uses his celebrity for good which I guess makes him a real life superhero! When I was trying to think of who to center my next EDC around, The Arrow quickly jumped into my head. I wanted to keep it fun and simple though, maybe something you’d wear going out with friends.

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While Oliver Queen can rock the all green look, most of us mere mortals can’t! That’s why I toned it down with some black “leather” leggings and a cute green top. In place of his mask I used a pair of sunglasses and to add a bit more green, I found a pretty awesome watch. I didn’t want to drown the look in arrows, that why I went with a cute and simple ring. Honestly, the shoes were the hardest piece to pick (it’s always the shoes TBH) but I’m happy with the boots I found. They add a bit of fun to the look and keep it comfortable. I can actually picture myself wearing this!

What do you think? Are you working on any EDC posts?